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NAME

       gitmodules - defining submodule properties

SYNOPSIS

       $GIT_WORK_DIR/.gitmodules

DESCRIPTION

       The .gitmodules file, located in the top-level directory of a git working tree, is a text
       file with a syntax matching the requirements of git-config(1).

       The file contains one subsection per submodule, and the subsection value is the name of
       the submodule. Each submodule section also contains the following required keys:

       submodule.<name>.path
           Defines the path, relative to the top-level directory of the git working tree, where
           the submodule is expected to be checked out. The path name must not end with a /. All
           submodule paths must be unique within the .gitmodules file.

       submodule.<name>.url
           Defines an url from where the submodule repository can be cloned. This may be either
           an absolute URL ready to be passed to git-clone(1) or (if it begins with ./ or ../) a
           location relative to the superproject’s origin repository.

       submodule.<name>.update
           Defines what to do when the submodule is updated by the superproject. If checkout (the
           default), the new commit specified in the superproject will be checked out in the
           submodule on a detached HEAD. If rebase, the current branch of the submodule will be
           rebased onto the commit specified in the superproject. If merge, the commit specified
           in the superproject will be merged into the current branch in the submodule. This
           config option is overridden if git submodule update is given the --merge or --rebase
           options.

       submodule.<name>.fetchRecurseSubmodules
           This option can be used to control recursive fetching of this submodule. If this
           option is also present in the submodules entry in .git/config of the superproject, the
           setting there will override the one found in .gitmodules. Both settings can be
           overridden on the command line by using the "--[no-]recurse-submodules" option to "git
           fetch" and "git pull".

       submodule.<name>.ignore
           Defines under what circumstances "git status" and the diff family show a submodule as
           modified. When set to "all", it will never be considered modified, "dirty" will ignore
           all changes to the submodules work tree and takes only differences between the HEAD of
           the submodule and the commit recorded in the superproject into account. "untracked"
           will additionally let submodules with modified tracked files in their work tree show
           up. Using "none" (the default when this option is not set) also shows submodules that
           have untracked files in their work tree as changed. If this option is also present in
           the submodules entry in .git/config of the superproject, the setting there will
           override the one found in .gitmodules. Both settings can be overridden on the command
           line by using the "--ignore-submodule" option.

EXAMPLES

       Consider the following .gitmodules file:

           [submodule "libfoo"]
                   path = include/foo
                   url = git://foo.com/git/lib.git

           [submodule "libbar"]
                   path = include/bar
                   url = git://bar.com/git/lib.git

       This defines two submodules, libfoo and libbar. These are expected to be checked out in
       the paths include/foo and include/bar, and for both submodules an url is specified which
       can be used for cloning the submodules.

SEE ALSO

       git-submodule(1) git-config(1)

GIT

       Part of the git(1) suite